FINANCIAL TROUBLE?: Mary J Blige
SINGER MARY J Blige has been hit with a tax bill of $901,769.65 (£582,996.63) from the state of New Jersey, reports gossip website TMZ.
The tax lien is the latest in a long line of financial woes for Blige, who was sued by the Bank of America for failing to make repayments on a $500,000 (£323,364.67) loan she took out in 2005.
In a further lawsuit filed last November, the gossip website reports that the 42-year-old and husband, Kendu Isaacs, were also accused of defaulting on a $2.2 million (£1,422,798.56) loan from Manhattan's Signature Bank.
The financial institution is seeking the full loan amount, which was taken out in October 2011 and due to be paid back by July 2012, along with $58,000 (£37,508.49) in interest. The No More Drama singer's production company, Mary Jane Productions Inc., was also named in the lawsuit.
In documents seen by TMZ, Blige’s misfortune has also trickled into her charity work with The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now Inc, which has now accused of mishandling funds and failing to pay back a loan last year.
Speaking about the allegations, Blige previously said: “The lives of young women are at stake. I feel what they feel. I don't want them to suffer. I promised them something and I'm gonna deliver. Period”
She added: 'The problem is that I didn't have the right people in the right places doing the right things. This should have never been allowed to happen, but it did and now we are fixing it.”